Finest-5 Product reads #52
Growth Inflection, turnaround in PMing, hooked strategy, and other reads..
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With PLG taking the centre ground quickly, Appcues has launched a new report for benchmarks, derived from the survey they took 7 major growth metrics. Interesting to have a look.
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Everyone talks about how growth looks like, how to see if demand is greater than supply. Lenny goes a little back step to understand what precedes an inflection in growth.
One additional feature can indeed lead to a massive inflection in growth (though it usually won’t)
While you’re working on improving the product, it’s worth attempting to engineer an “event” that gets your product in front of many people, even before you think your product is ready
Long-term, the most lasting growth inflections happen when you lean into the primary growth engine
Everything we do and claim and everything we decide is primarily hypotheses that we either have to falsify or verify.
When testing your assumptions, ask Users, not about the solution, ask them about their problems and needs.
When we test our hypotheses, we must aim for a goal. This goal should be defined in a product strategy in which we differentiate ourselves from our competitors.
We differentiate between qualitative and quantitative tests on the one hand, and between marketing tests (or MVP tests) and product tests (or MVP prototype tests) on the other.
To hold on to customers, businesses and to keep the competition away from their customers, most businesses build moats by erecting barriers to entry against competitors
Exit cost is the real or perceived or emotional cost faced by a user while leaving a product or switching over to another product.
In games where users invest their time, energy, and creativity (and money) and use the game as a form of self-expression
Getting the user to commit to a recurring payment is a massive barrier. But once the user subscribes to a recurring fee, cancelling a subscription is rare.
Most SaaS software starts off default non-defensible and tends to build a moat over time.
Many SaaS or enterprise companies eventually develop sales driven moats. Moats may include: Multi year contracts, Sales process.
As a proto-founder, it is worth thinking through how aggressive the incumbents are for your potential product area, how clear they are on the opportunity you are going after, and how likely they are to act.
There are roughly three forms of focus for a company. Navel-Gazing-Centric vs Competition-Centric vs User-Centric
The reality for product teams is complicated. And most teams are trapped in different mindsets.
You need to learn how to walk people out of output thinking and move them toward outcome orientation.
Great product teams continuously create opportunities to uncover unknowns instead of falling victim to their opinions.
When your focus is on goals, results can surprise you positively. But when your attention goes to meeting deadlines, mediocrity is the result.
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